PEF Codec


Kenty

Link Posted 08/06/2011 - 10:11
I use Windows 7 64 bit and as far as I can see there is no codec for PEF files (other than one which costs 14.95). There is one for W7 32 bit.

Does anyone knoe of a free PEF codec for Windows 64 bit operating system?

Cheers.......Kenty
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bretti_kivi

Link Posted 08/06/2011 - 11:20
Why do you want one? the only thing it does is enable showing RAW files in explorer..... so I don't think there is one and I don't see the use case.

Bret
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Gwyn

Link Posted 08/06/2011 - 11:42
Can't help with a free Codec I'm afraid. I haven't bothered with one.

Why not use something like Irfanview as your default image viewer - that way you do not need the codec.

Kenty

Link Posted 08/06/2011 - 11:47
Hi Bret
It comes down to need or want - I want one!!!
Firstly so I can see the PEF thumbnail pictures in explorer (I find it useful) and secondly I use Microsoft Image Composite Editor to create panoramics which needs the 64 bit PEF codec. So I firstly have to convert the PEF files to JPG using Elements 7 and I can then drag/drop the JPGs into the Image Composite Editor. It would be far easier just to drag/drop the PEFs.
And....I know I can use Photomerge in Elements to create panoramics but for some reason it suddenly stopped working - all other aspects of Elements 7 work. I get the usual 'Windows has encountered a problem and will have to close the program' message. This happened suddenly on both my desktop and laptop and the only changes are the usual Windows updates and my Norton 360 software upgraded to Version 5.
So apart from the codec query - does anyone have any idea why photomerge panoramic in Elements7 stopped working?
My operating system is Windows 7 64 bit.

Cheers Kenty
On a dark desert highway, cool Pentax K5 in my hand.
My Kit
K5 & 18-55 Kit lens, K7, Pentax 18-250mm lens, Sigma 10-20mm lens, Sigma 105mm Macro lens, Pentax 50mm 1.7 lens, Cokin P Series Filters

johnwhit

Link Posted 08/06/2011 - 11:49
I use RAW Shell Extender on Win XP, I don't know if there is a 64bit version but it's free. I'd suggest a Google search for RAW shell extender/extension.

John
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Last Edited by johnwhit on 08/06/2011 - 11:52

Gwyn

Link Posted 08/06/2011 - 11:51
A further thought - have you tried shooting in DNG - maybe there is a free codec for that?

Do you have plenty of free RAM? If not Photomerge will stop working and seems to get it's knickers in a twist, though Norton, being a greedy program could be the cause of your problems too.

Have you tried reinstalling PSE?

Gwyn

Link Posted 08/06/2011 - 11:56
Adobe DNG codec for 32 and 64 bit Win 7:

http://labs.adobe.com/wiki/index.php/DNG_Codec

Maybe it's time to switch to DNG? It isn't any bigger than PEF with the K7.

johnwhit

Link Posted 08/06/2011 - 11:58
Gwyn wrote:
Adobe DNG codec for 32 and 64 bit Win 7:

http://labs.adobe.com/wiki/index.php/DNG_Codec

Maybe it's time to switch to DNG? It isn't any bigger than PEF with the K7.

+1

John
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In LBA hiatus.
Last Edited by johnwhit on 08/06/2011 - 12:02

Kenty

Link Posted 09/06/2011 - 10:19
Thanks for all your suggestions/comments. I'll now use DNG and there is a 64 bit codec for DNG which will give me thumbnails - useful for quickly deleting those photos I will not keep.

Microsoft Image Composite Editor seems to need JPGs so I guess I'll still have to convert DNG or PEF to JPGs before I can create a Panoramic photo.

Wish I knew why Photomerge Panoramic has stopped working in Elements 7 - as suggested I will have a go at uninstalling/reinstalling it.

Cheers....Kenty
On a dark desert highway, cool Pentax K5 in my hand.
My Kit
K5 & 18-55 Kit lens, K7, Pentax 18-250mm lens, Sigma 10-20mm lens, Sigma 105mm Macro lens, Pentax 50mm 1.7 lens, Cokin P Series Filters

bychan

Link Posted 10/06/2011 - 01:29
Lightroom lets you save/export PEF files as DNG, can't comment on other programs. Might be an option?

Regards
Adrian
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Kenty

Link Posted 10/06/2011 - 18:08
Thanks Adrian - will look into that.

John
On a dark desert highway, cool Pentax K5 in my hand.
My Kit
K5 & 18-55 Kit lens, K7, Pentax 18-250mm lens, Sigma 10-20mm lens, Sigma 105mm Macro lens, Pentax 50mm 1.7 lens, Cokin P Series Filters

Anvh

Link Posted 10/06/2011 - 19:42
Adobe is offering a free RAW converter that convert RAW to DNG.
Not sure where to dowload but if you go to Adobe and search for DNG it comes up quite fast.
Stefan


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